first question: are you using the MIDI adapter that has been delivered with the AE system? If not, you might be using the wrong adapter as there are two "standards". Please see this thread for more details: forum.aemodular.com/post/6673/thread
Also I have made a more recent tutorial to explain how to patch MIDI signals:
Hope the above is helpful, if not, please post a photo of your setup and that way we may see what's going on.
not seeing any change tried several different midi cables as well
Ok, sorry to ask a few obvious questions, just trying to rule out the basics while we trouble shoot what's going on:
1. is your AE Modular powered on? 2. Can you produce a sound by just simply connecting an output of an OSC to the AUDIO1 input on the master module and then connecting a TRS audio cable from the AUDIO 1 jack to your mixer/audio interface? 3. Can you connect the MIDI cable to your SQ1 like so: Master TRS MIDI <- MIDI-TRS Adapter <- MIDI 5-Pin cable -> Korg SQ-1 MIDI-TRS Adapter -> SQ-1 MIDI out 4. Hit the "Start" or Play button on the SQ-1 5. Change the MIDI Channel on the Master module to "Omni" 6. You should see CLK LED flashing very fast and the GATE LED flashing in time with the sequence
Does all of the above work? If not, please take a photo or make a short video where you show your setup.
Another newbie here. As I often use a Keystep32 with the AEM but also with a Korg Volca Keys, I got used to changing the MIDI output channel (Korg Volca is channel 10, the AEM likes channel 1). Maybe try changing the MIDI out channel on the MIDI source you're using?
Sorry if it's too obvious and you've tried it. But on several occasions I've spent a good 20-30 minutes "troubleshooting" before I remembered to change channels on the Keystep....